2021 Events
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Closed for New Year’s Day Holiday

TimeFriday, January 1, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

virtual presentation

Reading Old Handwriting

TimeMonday, January 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Whether you’re using the Library of Virginia’s collections for research or transcribing archival documents on Making History: Transcribe, tune in for these tips on deciphering the past. Please join experienced editor John Deal and circulation and archival assistant (and expert transcriber!) Anna Moulis to learn about special characters, common abbreviations, and other challenges to reading old handwriting.


Hosted on Zoom—no registration required. For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.


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Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

TimeMonday, January 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, January 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
virtual presentation

Project Update | Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

TimeWednesday, February 3, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative examines records in the Library of Virginia’s collections for hidden histories and often overlooked stories detailing the lives of free and enslaved Black and multiracial individuals in the commonwealth prior to 1870. By connecting a patchwork of historical government and private materials, stories of resilience and determination against incredible legal and social obstacles can emerge. Join local records program manager Greg Crawford and senior local records archivist Vince Brooks for a project overview, digitization update, and tips on using this free digital resource. They’ll also share advice on using primary source documents from Virginia Untold in the classroom, in keeping with the recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth. For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.


A recording of this presentation will be available on the Library of Virginia Facebook page and YouTube profile following the event.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, February 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu

Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss Thomas and Beal in the Midi by Christopher Tilghman (2020 Fiction Award winner). 


In March we'll discuss Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract by Philip J. Deloria (2020 Art in Literature Award winner).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. These books are also frequently available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

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Closed for George Washington Day

TimeMonday, February 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

virtual concert

“Goodbye Booze”: The Music of Prohibition

TimeWednesday, February 17, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Join Dr. Gregg D. Kimball, director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia, as he traces the musical legacy of Prohibition through spoken narrative, period images, and recorded music in this online presentation from Russell County Public Library. Gospel songwriters, Tin Pan Alley tunesmiths, and even moonshiners and bootleggers produced a torrent of commentary on alcohol in song. The mass marketing of sound recordings corresponded closely with the rise of the Prohibition movement, leaving us with thousands of 78-rpm records waxed by songsters on every side of the issue. From the moral tales of family destruction penned by Temperance advocates to the sly political and comedic songs of Prohibition skeptics and opponents, music tracked the popular debate and mood. For more information, contact Kelly McBride at kmcbride@russell.lib.va.us


Watch this free event by signing up via GoToWebinar here. You will receive an email prior to the event with a link and instructions on how to join and watch. This program will also be recorded and posted on the Library's YouTube channel within a few days after the program.

 

This program complements the traveling version of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, on display at Russell County Public Library February 1, 2020–March 13, 2021. 

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book talk

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

TimeThursday, February 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a virtual genealogical book lecture by retired physician and geneticist Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction, the book is the saga of an extraordinary American family told by a griotte in search of the whole story. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES VIRTUAL EVENT: ELIZABETH CATTE

Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

TimeThursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Please join us online for a talk by author and historian Dr. Elizabeth Catte on her book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. The state’s 20th-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, but rather a manifestation of white supremacy, a form of employment insurance, a means of controlling “troublesome” women, and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available to order from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, February 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400.

Register Here
panel discussion

VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION 

Virginians & Their Histories

TimeThursday, March 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Join us for a panel discussion on Virginians and Their Histories, a groundbreaking work of scholarship from historian and author Brent Tarter, a retired editor at the Library of Virginia. Published by the University of Virginia Press in collaboration with the Library of Virginia, the book presents a fresh, new interpretive narrative that incorporates the experiences of all residents of Virginia from the earliest times to the first decades of the 21st century. Tarter will discuss how the book reflects recent, groundbreaking scholarship and fresh perspectives on Virginia history with Virginia Commonwealth University history professors Sarah Meacham and Brian J. Daugherity. The book is available at the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.


Registration through GoToWebinar.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, March 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu

Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract by Philip J. Deloria (2020 Art in Literature Award winner). 


In April we'll discuss a Poetry Roundup for Poetry Month.


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This books is available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots 

TimeFriday, March 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Library of Virginia archivist Amanda Morell and reference services librarian Ann-Marie Hatton introduce you to the types of records in the Library’s collections to help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. We encourage you to view the resources available on our Family History Playlist on YouTube before attending the workshop. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group

TimeTuesday, March 16, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones (2020). Next month, we'll discuss White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino (2020). Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers. For more information, contact Rebecca Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.


Please log in at 6:00 PM through Zoom. 

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, March 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
panel discussion

CIVIL WAR & EMANCIPATION DAY VIRTUAL EVENT

Enslaved Virginia Ironworker to California Pioneer: 

A Conversation with the Descendants of Emanuel Quivers

TimeThursday, April 1, 2021 from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Join us for a fascinating conversation in honor of Civil War and Emancipation Day. In the late 1990s, Viola Baecher launched a search into her family roots that took her from the West Coast back to the East Coast in Charles City County on the James River. This is where she uncovered the remarkable life story of her ancestor, Emanuel Quivers. Baecher traced Quivers's journey from Berkeley Plantation, where he worked as a blacksmith, to Richmond’s Tredegar Iron Works, where he worked as an ironworker and foreman, and on to California during the Gold Rush—a journey from enslavement to freedom. This program brings together several Quivers descendants to discuss Emanuel’s life and their ongoing efforts to uncover the story of his family. They will also reflect on what Quivers’s inspirational odyssey can teach us about rising above circumstances, being an agent of change, and the continuing struggle for Black equality in the 21st century. These conversations are an important part of gathering a fuller understanding of the complexity of American history and the contributions of African Americans. Gregg D. Kimball (director of public services and outreach, Library of Virginia) and Joseph Rogers (education programs manager, American Civil War Museum) will moderate this conversation with Quivers descendants Viola Baecher, Victoria Baecher Wassmer, Rev. Dr. Rodger Hall Reed Sr., and Dr. Denné Reed.

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workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Private Papers at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, April 9, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. Library staff members Trenton Hizer (senior manuscripts acquisition and digital archivist) and Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) introduce you to the Private Papers Collection and the valuable information they contain. They will also share tips on how you can preserve your own family papers. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, April 14, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu

Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss a Poetry Roundup including

Colonize Me by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (2020 Poetry Award winner)

Honeyfish by Lauren Alleyne (2020 Poetry Award finalist)

My Surly Heart by David Huddle (2020 Poetry Award finalist) 


In May we'll discuss One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (2020 Fiction Award finalist).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. Grab these books from the Virginia Shop online (Colonize, Honeyfish, Heart) and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES VIRTUAL EVENT: KIM ROBERTS

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital

TimeThursday, April 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

To celebrate April as Poetry Month, please join us online for a talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital. This comprehensive anthology features poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in the capital from the city's founding in 1800 to 1930. Roberts expertly presents the work of 132 poets, including poems by celebrated DC writers such as Francis Scott Key, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ambrose Bierce, Henry Adams, and James Weldon Johnson, as well as the work of lesser-known poets—especially women, writers of color, and working-class writers. A significant number of the poems are by writers who were born enslaved, such as Fanny Jackson Coppin, T. Thomas Fortune, and John Sella Martin.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

Register Here
book club

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group

TimeTuesday, April 20, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino (2020). Next month, we'll discuss American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse (2018). Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.


Please log in at 6:00 PM through Zoom. 

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. 

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Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95146878135 

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panel discussion

"Who Is Jackson?"

Part 1 of The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series

TimeWednesday, April 21, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

In partnership with the Library of Virginia and The JXN Project, Richmond Public Library is pleased to present The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series. The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia, and Jackson Ward in the Black America experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence.


In this first talk in a six-part series, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon will discuss the goals that drive The JXN Project as well as the historical research that undergirds it. The public is invited to attend these lectures via Zoom, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative. Check out the RPL calendar for the forthcoming details for future talks in the lecture series! 

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, April 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
panel discussion

The Storytellers: Giving Agency to Your Ancestors

TimeThursday, May 6, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Join us for a conversation with three storytellers working in three different fields. Their experiences exploring and sharing their own family histories have sparked questions about identity, authority, and whose stories are these to tell. Emma Ito, the Library’s education and program specialist, will moderate this discussion with media producer, director, and writer Alicia Aroche, photojournalist Regina Boone, and journalist Kim O'Connell about balancing the personal and professional when researching family history. “Storytelling is one way to resist and disrupt current structural inequities and racism, as well as the ongoing threat of erasure of our ancestors’ legacies,” writes Aroche. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 

Portals to a Jewish Heritage: Researching Jewish Genealogy with a Southern Accent

TimeFriday, May 7, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Even the most avid students of Jewish genealogy find that the thousands of databases, books, and websites devoted to the subject can make their quest for information a daunting one. What you really need is a knowledgeable guide and some practical tips and strategies. 

 

Karen S. Franklin is ready to provide them as she outlines the process to successfully explore general family history websites such as Ancestry.com, as well as online sites exclusive to Jewish genealogy such as JewishGen.org, and, of course, local archives and libraries. Franklin will feature a Richmond Jewish family as she demonstrates how to use these tools. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, May 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu

Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (2020 Fiction Award finalist). 


In June we'll discuss Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich by Mary M. Lane (2020 Nonfiction Award finalist).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

book talk

A CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA D. ROTHMAN 

The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America 

TimeThursday, May 13, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree but registration is required.

Join Joshua Rothman, author of the stunning new book The Ledger and the Chain, and the Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball in a virtual discussion about the rise of domestic slave trading as a grimly efficient business in the antebellum era and how its impact still reverberates today. Virginia history is often associated with stately antebellum mansions, Civil War battlefields, and monuments to military leaders, but one key aspect of its 19th-century history has largely been banished from the landscape and popular memory—a trade that sold more than a half-million enslaved men and women from the Upper South to the Deep South. Rothman, chair of the department of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of two prize-winning books, Flush Times and Fever Dreams and Notorious in the Neighborhood. 


For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group

TimeTuesday, May 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse (2018). Next month, we'll discuss Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2018). Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.


Please log in at 6:00 PM through Zoom. 

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. 

Monthly: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJEsc--gqTMrGdEfziXmCHQsEfA5HoFcJbz9/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCtrz8sEtOdsRqCRowMBY-gM_zwtlxcjad4mgXsOy1wSjLlE-RjZ5pwNtv6 


Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95146878135 

Meeting ID: 951 4687 8135 

Passcode: 623795 

One tap mobile 

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"They Tried to Bury Us"

Part 2 of The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series

TimeWednesday, May 19, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

In partnership with the Library of Virginia and The JXN Project, Richmond Public Library is pleased to present The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series. The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia, and Jackson Ward in the Black America experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence.


In this second talk in a six-part series, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon explore the complex history of the City of Richmond by sharing lesser known stories about spaces like Jackson Ward, where Black Richmonders juxtaposed enslavement and exploitation with entrepreneurship and enterprise well before emancipation. The public is invited to attend these lectures via Zoom, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative. Check out the RPL calendar for the forthcoming details for future talks in the lecture series.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, May 22, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

TimeMonday, May 31, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, June 9, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

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Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother by Craig Shirley (2020 People’s Choice Nonfiction Award winner).


In July, we'll discuss Oregon Hill by Virginia author Howard Owen.


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.


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WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT: VANESSA M. HOLDEN

Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community

TimeThursday, June 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Please join us for an online talk by author and historian Dr. Vanessa M. Holden on her book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community. This bold challenge to traditional accounts sheds new light on the places and people surrounding America’s most famous rebellion against slavery. The 1831 Southampton Rebellion led by Nat Turner involved an entire community. Dr. Holden rediscovers the women and children, free and enslaved, who lived in Southampton County before, during, and after the revolt. Mapping the region's multilayered human geography, she draws a fuller picture of the inhabitants, revealing not only their interactions with physical locations but also their social relationships in space and time. Her analysis recasts the Southampton Rebellion as one event that reveals the continuum of practices that sustained resistance and survival among local Black people. To pre-order a copy of the book, sign up here.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 

African American Migration

TimeFriday, June 11, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

During this workshop, Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs will provide an overview of the types of records in the Library of Virginia’s holdings that track free and enslaved Americans involved with the international and domestic slavery trade, as well as other migrations within Virginia, including those resulting from voluntary relocations and the settlement of enslavers' estates. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, June 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2018). In July, we are taking a little summer break. Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


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Closed for Juneteenth Holiday

TimeFriday, June 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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"Walk the Ward"

Part 3 of the JXN Project Summer Lecture Series

TimeWednesday, June 23, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:15 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

In partnership with the Library of Virginia and The JXN Project, RPL is pleased to present The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series. The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia and Jackson Ward in the Black American experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence.


In this third lecture in a six-part series, Gary Flowers will moderate a discussion between panelists Dr. Carmen Foster (the Foster family), Maurice Hopkins (the Maggie L. Walker High School Alumni Association), and Liza Mickens (the Maggie Walker family). They will explore the arch of Jackson Ward through the lens of its past as "Little Africa," its prime as "Black Wall Street" and "Harlem of the South," and its present as the "Historic Jackson Ward District" and "North Jackson," with artifacts and anecdotes from multigenerational Jackson Wardians.


The public is invited to attend these lectures, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative.

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, June 26, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
panel discussion

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The 50th Anniversary of the Virginia Constitution

TimeThursday, July 1, 2021 from 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree, but registration required.

Limited seating is available for this special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s current constitution, the seventh in the state’s history, which went into effect on July 1, 1971. Join us for a stimulating conversation about the advances made possible by this constitution and the work that still remains. Moderated by A. E. Dick Howard (Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia), the panel will include Henry L. Chambers Jr. (professor of law, University of Richmond), Catherine Ward (University of Virginia School of Law, Class of 2022), and Brian Cannon (director of campaigns, Institute for Political Innovation). This event will also be live-streamed on the Library's Facebook page.


The Library's commemoration also includes a three-day display (June 29–July 1, 2021, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM) of original copies of Virginia’s Constitutions of 1776, 1869, 1902, and 1971 in our Pre-function Hall.


The Library is joining with others across the state this year in engaging Virginians in thoughtful reflection about our constitution and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to join the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century. For information about related events and online resources, visit www.lva.virginia.gov/71constitution.

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Closed for Independence Day Holiday

TimeMonday, July 5, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 

Early Virginia Genealogy

TimeFriday, July 9, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Explore the methods and resources for researching Virginia genealogy prior to 1850. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways that information can be found despite record loss and records that lack detail. This workshop includes an overview of colonial government, focusing on a variety of record types that will help place an individual in a particular time and location and to potentially link generations together (provided that records survive). These include census records, tax records, and the records of religious organizations. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.  

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu


Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss Oregon Hill by Virginia author Howard Owen.


In August, we will take a summer break.


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is also available via online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

RESEARCH SPRINT

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

TimeTuesday, July 20, 2021 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Volunteer to help uncover history with us! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Library of Virginia offers this virtual “research sprint” into our newspaper collection.


By identifying Holocaust-related articles in Virginia newspapers, we will begin to understand what the average Virginian could have known during WWII. Orientation to the History Unfolded project will be provided by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum staff members. Library of Virginia staff members will guide volunteers to access historic newspapers online. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.

Volunteers will be emailed the Zoom link and instructions the week of each event.

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panel discussion

"From Gerrymandered to Gentrified"

Part 4 of the JXN Project Summer Lecture Series

TimeWednesday, July 21, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

The JXN Project celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Jackson Ward neighborhood with a year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Join the Library of Virginia as we partner with The JXN Project and Richmond Public Library to offer a six-part summer lecture series on Jackson Ward history. In this fourth lecture, moderator Allan Charles Chipman (Initiatives of Change) leads a discussion with Duron Chavis (Black Space Matters), Zenobia Bey (Community 50|50), Iman Shabazz (Beyond Containment), and Sheba Williams (Nolef Turns) exploring the arc of Jackson Ward as a neighborhood that was gerrymandered in the 1870s, redlined in the 1950s, and gentrified in the 2000s, as well as its subsequent disruption of families, communities, and businesses.


The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia, and Jackson Ward in the Black American experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence. Learn more at thejxnproject.com.


The public is invited to attend these lectures, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative.

Register Here
workshop

12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute: Abingdon, VA (in-person)

TimeThursday, July 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA
PriceFree, but registration is required.

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s one-day Teacher Institute at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Alternatively, the Library is hosting one-day institutes in Newport News (July 29) and Richmond (August 3), as well as a virtual option on August 2. All in-person events are subject to any COVID restrictions in place at their locations. Feel free to register for the location that works best for you.


The 12th annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching about the document and its legacies. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in the classroom and discover new digital resources. All events will include live Q&As. The Library's annual Brown Teacher Institute is generously supported by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund. The 2021 teachers institute is also made possible in part by Virginia Humanities. 


Capacity is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at catherine.fitzgeraldwyatt.lva.virginia.gov with any questions

Register Here
panel discussion

FORUM FRIDAYS: VIRTUAL VIRGINIA FORUM TALKS

New Approaches to the Revolutionary Era

TimeFriday, July 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a series of virtual presentations on Virginia history and culture from scholars across the state. This series offers some of the most compelling sessions that had been proposed for the 2020 Virginia Forum conference, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. The annual event brings together teachers, students, and professionals interested in Virginia history and culture to present, discuss, and reconsider the story of the commonwealth. Free and open to the general public, this collaboration with the Library of Virginia will share the online sessions with a wider audience. Events are scheduled for July 23, August 6, August 20, and September 17, 2021.


On July 23, Carolyn Eastman (associate professor of history, Virginia Commonwealth University) leads a panel discussion on New Approaches to the Revolutionary Era with historians Kyle Rogers (historical interpreter, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown) and David Hayter (research and administrative assistant, VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs). Scholars who examine the era of the American Revolution often have to make use of the few original documents that remain—requiring us to do a lot with very little. Whether studying the intellectual history of that era or the lives of the enslaved, scholars continually need to employ creative means of rare sources. This discussion illustrates how a new generation of scholars are doing just that.

 

Hayter scrutinizes a long-overlooked aspect of the Revolutionary era: at the same time that many political leaders drew heavily on the history of the classical Roman republic as a model for building a new American republic, some looked to an Anglo-Saxon past instead. But where did they get those ideas, and how much did they matter?


Rogers explores the meanings of slavery and freedom in Early Republic and antebellum-era Virginia by scrutinizing county court records in the Library of Virginia’s archives. When five enslaved people seized their freedom in four different Virginia counties between 1820 and 1864, they spawned contentious lawsuits that debated not only their legal statuses, but also the court system’s role in protecting the institution of slavery.


For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, July 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
workshop

12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute: Newport News, VA (in-person)

TimeThursday, July 29, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationChristopher Newport University in Newport News, VA
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s one-day Teacher Institute at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Alternatively, the Library is hosting one-day institutes in Abingdon (July 22) and Richmond (August 3), as well as a virtual option on August 2. All in-person events are subject to any COVID restrictions in place at their locations. Feel free to register for the location that works best for you.


The 12th annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching about the document and its legacies. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in the classroom and discover new digital resources. All events will include live Q&As. The Library's annual Brown Teacher Institute is generously supported by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund. The 2021 teachers institute is also made possible in part by Virginia Humanities. 


Capacity is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at catherine.fitzgeraldwyatt.lva.virginia.gov with any questions.

Register Here
virtual workshop

12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute (virtual)

TimeMonday, August 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s one-day Teacher Institute held virtually through the Library of Virginia. Alternatively, the Library is hosting one-day institutes in Abingdon (July 22), Newport News (July 29), and Richmond (August 3). All in-person events are subject to any COVID restrictions in place at their locations. Feel free to register for the location that works best for you.


The 12th annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching about the document and its legacies. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in the classroom and discover new digital resources. All events will include live Q&As. The Library's annual Brown Teacher Institute is generously supported by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund. The 2021 teachers institute is also made possible in part by Virginia Humanities. 


Capacity is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at catherine.fitzgeraldwyatt.lva.virginia.gov with any questions.

Register Here
workshop

12th Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute: Richmond, VA (in-person)

TimeTuesday, August 3, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s one-day Teacher Institute at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Alternatively, the Library is hosting one-day institutes in Abingdon (July 22) and Newport News (July 29), as well as a virtual option on August 2. All in-person events are subject to any COVID restrictions in place at their locations. Feel free to register for the location that works best for you.


The 12th annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching about the document and its legacies. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in the classroom and discover new digital resources. All events will include live Q&As. The Library's annual Brown Teacher Institute is generously supported by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund. The 2021 teachers institute is also made possible in part by Virginia Humanities. 


Capacity is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at catherine.fitzgeraldwyatt.lva.virginia.gov with any questions.

Register Here
workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

To Common Defense: Military Records for Genealogical Research – Part 1

TimeFriday, August 6, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from Virginia’s founding to the end of World War II. Ginny Dunn (Archives & Library Reference Services Manager) will present records unique to the Library, as well as records available on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed sources. Part One will focus on military records prior to the Civil War, while Part Two will cover records from the Civil War to World War II. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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FORUM FRIDAYS: VIRTUAL VIRGINIA FORUM TALKS

Speaking Their Names: Crafting “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia”

TimeFriday, August 6, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a series of virtual presentations on Virginia history and culture from scholars across the state. This series offers some of the most compelling sessions that had been proposed for the 2020 Virginia Forum conference, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. The annual event brings together teachers, students, and professionals interested in Virginia history and culture to present, discuss, and reconsider the story of the commonwealth. Free and open to the general public, this collaboration with the Library of Virginia will share the online sessions with a wider audience. Events are scheduled for July 23, August 6, August 20, and September 17, 2021.


On August 6, Katherine Egner Gruber, special exhibitions curator at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, presents Speaking Their Names: Crafting “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.” Women’s roles in the events of early Virginia were rarely recorded—and rarer still is their presence in traditional treatments of the history of early Virginia. Even so, tenacious women profoundly influenced the early years of the Virginia colony. For too long their names have been forgotten. Using the recent exhibition Tenacity as a guide, this talk will explore how to find women between the lines of the historical record, and how material culture, documentary evidence, and a little imagination can come together to craft an engaging, relevant, and more complete narrative of 17th-century Virginia.


For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, August 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age by Donna M. Lucey. Lucey, a biographer, photo editor, and writer based in Charlottesville, Virginia, will join us for the second half of the discussion to answer questions about the book.


Next month, we'll discuss No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice by Karen L. Cox. Check your local public library or the FindItVA OverDrive collection to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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panel discussion

"The Virginia Way"

Part 5 of the JXN Project Summer Lecture Series

TimeWednesday, August 18, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

The JXN Project celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Jackson Ward neighborhood with a year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Join the Library of Virginia as we partner with The JXN Project and Richmond Public Library to offer a six-part summer lecture series on Jackson Ward history. This fifth lecture will feature Gregg Kimball, Dr. Lauranett Lee, Brooke Berry, Christina Vida, Ma'asehyahu Isra-UI, and moderator Dr. Zoe Spencer exploring the role and responsibilities of institutions that may be rooted in oppressive origins in helping to drive the cultivation of more diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces for restorative truth-telling and redemptive storytelling. Learn more at thejxnproject.com.


The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia and Jackson Ward in the Black American experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence. Learn more at thejxnproject.com.


The public is invited to attend these lectures, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative.

Register Here
workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

To Common Defense: Military Records for Genealogical Research – Part 2

TimeFriday, August 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from Virginia’s founding to the end of World War II. Ginny Dunn (Archives & Library Reference Services Manager) will present records unique to the Library, as well as records available on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed sources. Part One focused on military records prior to the Civil War, while Part Two will cover records from the Civil War to World War II. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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panel discussion

FORUM FRIDAYS: VIRTUAL VIRGINIA FORUM TALKS

Fighting for Freedom: Black Activism in the Civil War–era Lower Shenandoah Valley

TimeFriday, August 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a series of virtual presentations on Virginia history and culture from scholars across the state. This series offers some of the most compelling sessions that had been proposed for the 2020 Virginia Forum conference, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. The annual event brings together teachers, students, and professionals interested in Virginia history and culture to present, discuss, and reconsider the story of the commonwealth. Free and open to the general public, this collaboration with the Library of Virginia will share the online sessions with a wider audience. Events are scheduled for July 23, August 6, August 20, and September 17, 2021.


On August 20, historians Jonathan Berkey (professor of history, Concord University) and Jonathan Noyalas (director of Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute) discuss Black Activism in the Civil War–era Lower Shenandoah Valley. Through an examination of the experiences of enslaved people in the lower Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War’s first year and the “Bologna Riot” in Reconstruction-era Charles Town, West Virginia, Berkey and Noyalas will offer perspectives on the ways in which African Americans asserted themselves personally and politically in the complex environment of Virginia’s Lower Shenandoah Valley during a tumultuous decade that included civil war, emancipation, and political reconstruction.


For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, August 28, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

Making History: Transcribe

From the Page: WWI Questionnaires

Virginia Chronicle


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

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Closed for Labor Day Holiday

TimeMonday, September 6, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Cemetery Records at the Library of Virginia 

TimeFriday, September 10, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Library of Virginia senior reference archivist Dawn Tinnell will provide an overview of cemetery records and other related death records and how they can help with genealogical research. Virginia Commonwealth University professor of history Ryan K. Smith will give examples of what he has found in cemetery records and related death records and how those findings relate to what can be discovered in the cemeteries themselves. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT: KAREN L. COX

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

TimeTuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Please join us for a talk by author and historian Dr. Karen L. Cox on her book No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. In this eye-opening narrative of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, Dr. Cox depicts what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. When it comes to Confederate monuments, there is no common ground. Polarizing debates over their meaning have intensified into legislative maneuvering to preserve the statues, legal battles to remove them, and rowdy crowds taking matters into their own hands. These conflicts have raged for well over a century—but they've never been as intense as they are today. Dr. Cox shows the forces that drove white southerners to construct beacons of white supremacy, as well as the ways that anti-monument sentiment, largely stifled during the Jim Crow era, returned with the civil rights movement and gathered momentum in the decades after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Civil rights activists, Black elected officials, and movements of ordinary people have fought to take the story back. 


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available online from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, September 21, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice by Karen L. Cox. Next month, we'll discuss Dopesick by Beth Macy. Check your local public library or the FindItVA OverDrive collection to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.


NOTE: Karen Cox will be one of our Weinstein Author Series book talks on September 14th. Learn more about that event here.

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panel discussion

Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond's Historic Cemeteries

TimeThursday, September 23, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a virtual discussion of Ryan K. Smith's new book, Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond's Historic Cemeteries. Richmond holds one of the most dramatic landscapes of death in the nation, and this book offers the first comparative study of its cemeteries from the city's founding to the present, as well as efforts made toward their preservation. Using a range of archival sources, interviews, and investigations of the sites themselves, Smith traces the disparities between those grounds that have preserved the legacies of privileged whites and those that have been worn away, dug up, and built over, undermining the memories of African Americans and Indigenous tribes.


Gregg D. Kimball, the Library of Virginia's director of Public Services and Outreach, will moderate a conversation about the book and the topic with the author and panelists Kami Fletcher (associate professor of history at Albright College and president of the Collective for Radical Death Studies) and Ana Edwards (chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, an initiative of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality). The book will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey, ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, September 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

Making History: Transcribe

From the Page: WWI Questionnaires

Virginia Chronicle


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
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Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day Holiday

TimeMonday, October 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 

Immigration Records at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, October 15, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs leads this workshop focused on records from 1607 to 1929 concerning the immigration of individuals who came to Virginia. Learn about passenger lists and naturalization records as well as strategies for identifying birthplaces through records that relate to immigration and naturalization, vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, the records of religious organizations, and records from an individual’s country of origin. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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Closed for annual Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, October 19, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Dopesick by Beth Macy. Next month, we'll discuss Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took On Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever by Charlene Butts Ligon. Check your local public library or the FindItVA OverDrive collection to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

Making History: Transcribe

From the Page: WWI Questionnaires

Virginia Chronicle


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
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Closed for Election Day Holiday

TimeTuesday, November 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Closed for Veterans Day Holiday

TimeThursday, November 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Closed for VCU Health Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond

TimeSaturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, November 16, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.


Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took On Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever by Charlene Butts Ligon. Next month, we'll discuss Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson. Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT: ALEXIS COE

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

TimeWednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Please join us for a talk by historian and New York Times best-selling author Alexis Coe on her book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, which takes a closer look at our first president and finds he is not quite the man we remember. Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down—even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency—twice. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty confronted his greatest hypocrisy—what to do with the men, women, and children he owned—before he succumbed to death. Coe’s form-shattering book combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every word.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available online from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, November 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

Making History: Transcribe

From the Page: WWI Questionnaires

Virginia Chronicle


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

Register Here
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Closed from noon on November 24 through November 27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

TimeWednesday, November 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

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Closed from noon on November 24 through November 27 for Thanksgiving holiday

TimeThursday, November 25, 2021–Saturday, November 27, 2021

book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, December 21, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.


Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson. Check your local public library or the FindItVA OverDrive collection to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

Register Here
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Closed December 23 through December 25 for Christmas Holiday

TimeThursday, December 23, 2021–Saturday, December 25, 2021

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Closed for New Year’s Holiday

TimeFriday, December 31, 2021–Saturday, January 1, 2022

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Unfinished Business

TimeMonday, February 24, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationLobby
PriceFree

Extending the right to vote to women in 1920 was a milestone in American history. But much work remained to ensure that all citizens had a fair and equal voice in governing the country and shaping its policies. Unfinished Business, a series of panel displays near the Exhibition Gallery, explores the fundamental question of citizenship through obstacles that limited suffrage to some Americans, including the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), extending citizenship to America’s indigenous peoples, eliminating the poll tax and literacy tests, and the continuing advocacy for restoration of rights to felons. This exhibition complements We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, running through May 28, 2021, in the Exhibition Gallery.

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We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationExhibition Gallery and Lobby
PriceFree

The year 2020 marked the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote. The story of Virginia's suffragists and their contributions to the fight for woman suffrage is little known. We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote. Virginia suffragists were a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women who have largely been forgotten. They were artists and writers, business and professional women, and educators and reformers who marched in parades, rallied at the state capitol, spoke to crowds on street corners, staffed booths at state and county fairs, lobbied legislators and congressmen, picketed the White House, and even went to jail. At the centenary of woman suffrage, these remarkable women are at last recognized for their important achievements and contributions.


Items on display include suffrage postcards and memorabilia such as pinback buttons and badges, as well as banners from the Virginia branch of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, photographs, and film footage. This exhibition is a project of the Task Force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. 

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Four Virginia Constitutions on Display

TimeTuesday, June 29, 2021–Thursday, July 1, 2021
LocationPre-function Hall
PriceFree

Don’t miss your chance to see original copies of four of Virginia’s constitutions. In honor of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Virginia Constitution of 1971 on July 1, Virginia’s Constitutions of 1776, 1869, 1902, and 1971 will be on display for public viewing for three days. The Library of Virginia is the institutional home of Virginia’s constitutions. The 1971 version, which is the commonwealth’s current document, replaced a regressive constitution that had been in place since 1902 and marked an important step forward for all Virginians. The Library is joining with others across the state this year in engaging Virginians in thoughtful reflection about our constitution and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to join the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century. For information about related events and online resources, click on the button below.

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